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>> i'll leave you with the sincere hope that the whole chinese rocket thing is something we are all laughing about my monday. you have a fantastic weekend. i'm planning are not thinking about it at all. it's time for the last word with all evil she who's in for lawrence tonight. good evening, ali. >> i don't know if i'm actually allowed to do this, but i would prefer to continue that conversation with matt kaplan. that was wild, and it was interesting. i thought it was interesting you point out that we
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earthlings can do little about it. you are right, let's hope for the best and we will talk about it on monday. >> exactly. or -- let's hope we've forgotten about it entirely. >> correct, that's right! that will be success. rachel, thanks for telling your viewers about texas representative raphael. you will be joining us tonight. have a great weekend, i will see you monday. >> new tonight, democrats and republicans have reached something rare in washington these days. common ground! three weeks after derek chauvin was found guilty in the murder of george floyd, the wall street journal reports tonight democratic and republican staff in congress are dropping language for possible police overhaul legislation that would limit the transfer of some military equipment to local departments, banned police use of chokeholds, except in life-threatening situations, and set federal standards for so-called no-knock warrants. this news is a good sign of bipartisan momentum for salt lake supported by 60% of
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americans according to a recent washington post poll. still unresolved are the issues of individual liability protection for police officers and whether these standard to federally church officers should be changed. what is clear is that threshold to federally charge police officers was met for before former police officers involved in the murder of george floyd. a federal grand jury has indicted those four former police officers on civil rights charges today. according to an indictment unsealed this morning, derek chauvin, jay alexander king, thomas lane, and two thao were acting under control, color of law, will fully deprived george floyd have his rights. all four officers are charged with deliberate indifference to george floyd's serious medical needs. former officers jay alexander king and two thao are charged with violating george floyd's right to be free from an
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unreasonable seizure, and quote. derek chauvin is also charged with violating george floyd's right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer. federal prosecutors have long thought they got enough evidence to indict the officers on civil rights violations, but charges were delayed so they wouldn't disrupt derek chauvin 's state trial. the other three all made a court appearance this morning by zoom. there are not in custody, and they are scheduled to be tried together on state charges in august. derek chauvin is currently in a minneapolis, person awaiting sentencing after a jury found him guilty on all three estate charges for his role in the murder of george floyd. a second and entirely separate federal indictment was also unsealed today against derek chauvin in a different case. with violating the civil rights of a 14-year-old during a 2017 arrest involving use of force
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and a neck restraint. the charges facing all four former officers are brand new charges today. meaning all four could face another trial. this time in federal court. prosecuting police officers for federal civil rights violations is incredibly rare in this country. before the charges filed today, the star tribune reports only three cases in minnesota that had been charged in the last decade. whether the case involving george floyd is an exception, or the beginning of holding bad cops accountable for their actions? the day after george floyd was murdered, joe biden tweeted, quote, george floyd deserved better and his family deserves buster justice. his life mattered. i'm grateful for the swift action in minneapolis to find the officers involved. they must be held responsible for the egregious actions. the fbi should conduct a thorough investigation. ldhere's white house presser terry jen psaki today on the new charges. >> a reminder as was the
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verdict in the chauvin case, just a few weeks ago, that there is more that needs to be done. that was a moment of justice, certainly, that it is just the beginning. a reminder of the need to put police reform in place through our legislative process and put those reforms in place across the country. >> there is still more that needs to be done. the house passed the george floyd justice in policing act in march, and a bipartisan group of senators are currently working on their version of a police reform bill. the biden administration is not waiting for congress to take action. after four years of a corrupt justice department, under trump's attorney general jeff sessions and bill barr, the biden justice department is showing us what can be done to protect the rights, civil and otherwise, of all americans. under the leadership of merrick garland the justice department has launched investigations into both the minneapolis and louisville police departments to determine whether they engage in patterns or practices
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of unlawful behavior. the department announced federal hate crime charges last week against three men accused of murdering ahmaud arbery in georgia. their state trial will begin in october. and march, they made the rise and hate crimes against asian americans, the justice department announced an expedited review to determine how it could better track and prosecute crimes involving race and as republicans across the country are doing everything they can to make it as difficult as possible to cast a ballot, the department of justice question the gop chairman private recount of ballots in arizona's most populous county over fears that it could spark voter intimidation in future elections. this is what happens when honest people are in charge. bad people are held accountable. those who need protection are offered protection. they've taken steps to correct the trump legacy, but there is still more to be done. there will always be more to be
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done. here is michelle obama this morning on cbs. >> we don't want to be out there, marching. i mean, all those black lives matter's kids, they rather not have to worry about this. they are taking to the streets because they have to. they are trying to have people understand that we are real folks. the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational, and it's based on a history that is just, it's sad, and it's dark, and it's time for us to move beyond that. >> leading off our discussion tonight, our gloria brown marshall, is civil rights attorney and constitutional law professor. john j college of criminal justice and glenn kershner a former federal prosecutor at msnbc legal analyst. good evening to both of you. gloria, let me start with you. i want to read the un article that was published in the new york times. it reads as follows, federal prosecutors have hesitated to bring the civil rights charge in high-profile police killings because it is harder to meet the laws will fullness standard, which would mean proving that
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an officer intended to use excessive force in order to violate someone's civil rights. the split second nature of money police shootings, including those at the center of several of those cases, make them particularly difficult to prosecute. your thoughts on the decision to charge the four former officers in minneapolis? >> i think the operative word here is hesitant to bring these charges. why don't we let the courts decide? let a grand jury determined whether or not there is enough evidence to indict them, even if the standard is high, you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. i think it's excellent that these federal charges have been brought, and the prosecutions of police officers in state courts is so will fully negligent on the part of these prosecutors to ignore their duties, and the federal government has been forced to step. in this federal legislation was put in post slavery.
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this is civil rights are just -- post labor we are talking about because it was understood then the states weren't going to protect the rights of african americans. t protect the rights of africa it's been tricked over years with different presidents coming in, and joe biden for one is going to be part of this national criminal justice legislation. there's so much more that needs to be done. >> glenn, how much of this is a shot across the bow, or as cynthia says, the department of justice rising from the ashes and letting states, police, and everyone else in this country know they are back on the scene? >> there are only three counts in this indictment and it only runs about three pages. it's very short, but does it speak volumes about the fact it's fair to say there is a new civil rights sheriff in town. and his name is merrick garland. when you look at the three charges, with a first one is, i would say, predictable. it charges derek chauvin of
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using unreasonable force too and the life of george floyd. and we all enjoy a constitutional protection against the police using of unreasonable force. that is a seizure it's an unconstitutional seizure. when i'm even more intrigued by is the second count of this indictment because the second count charges officers tao and kang of not applying unreasonable force, but with standing by and watching derek chauvin apply unreasonable force, ending the life of george floyd. and not intervening. that is where i think it's a real shot across the bow to all state and local police departments. not only if you are an officer and you are applying deadly force, unreasonable force, unconstitutional force. if you are other officers and watching it happen, not going to the aided that citizen, you could be federally charged with a civil rights violation.
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that is an important message to send. s an>> gloria, regardless of wht the bar is and proving little funnest many people say is a high bar. it is the loss efficient? in other, words if you are faced with these charges, if you are one of these former police officers or anyone else in the country faced with a civil rights violation charge by the federal government, how serious is that? >> it's serious. my concern is there are more state prosecutors, and state police officers out number -- there are eight than 18,000 per jurisdiction in this country. -y we have said this many, times it doesn't matter what the law, is if a prosecutor fails to prosecute, this is symbolic of the federal government stepping in finally. back in 1944, they said even then that this was rare.
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that federal prosecutor step. and i'm concerned. eric garner, michael brown, the federal prosecutors did not step in. yes, it sends a message, but what about all those state prosecutors who are failing to uphold the rights of these people armed and murdered by police officers? there has to be something on that holds them accountable, forces them to do their jobs. >> glenn, how much does this for someone to do their job? is there a level of embarrassment when a state doesn't succeed in bringing charges that the federal government has moved in and found something to charge people with? >> here's what's interesting about this choice by merrick garland's department of justice to bring these charges. if we think about back to rodney king, that felt like a civil rights prosecution by the feds to clean up a state system that couldn't get the job done. didn't -- this is not that. this was a successful prosecution, i would argue, as a former career prosecutor.
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this was an expert state prosecution against derek chauvin. this was not the feds galloping in to clean something up. this was the feds saying we are going to protect the civil rights of the citizens, not only when the states failed to do, it but whenever it's the right thing to do, regardless of what the states are doing. this is really an important development for the department of justice and i think for the civil rights of the american people. >> everybody should get the copy of the constitution out and read it tonight because it sounds as a non lawyer like an important development to me that that is with the federal government is now saying. thanks to both of you for being here tonight. i appreciate your time. coming, up today shocking jobs report was a stark reminder we aren't out of the pandemic when it comes to the economy. what needs to be done, who is still hurting the most, and will republicans continue to obstruct in the face and needs of their constituents? we will talk about all that, next.
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republicans don't stop. it that was biden's message to americans after today's shocking jobs report revealing that the american economy is still very much in a pandemic recovery. 266,000 new jobs added in april following far short of the 1 million jobs some economists expected. the unemployment rate dipped up slightly to 6.1%, though i say
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don't pay too much attention to that number. economists caution the number is misleading lee low given how many people have dropped out of the labor force in the last year. 8 million jobs were lost when the pandemic forced businesses to close last spring still have not come back. republicans have claimed we don't need the biden proposals because the economy is coming back all on its own! but it's not. president biden said today's jobs report proves more help from the federal government is needed. >> some critics said we didn't need the american rescue plan. that this economy would just heal itself. today's report just underscores in my view how vitally the actions we are taking our. checks the people who are hurting, support for small businesses, for childcare and school reopening, support to help families put food on the table. our efforts are starting to work. but the climb is steep and we still have a long way to go.
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>> the biden administration advocated that the american jobs and american families act are intended to tackle some of the issues keeping people from rejoining the workforce. vice president harris echoed the need to give families more support, particularly women who left the workforce due to the pandemic, saying in a statement, quote, 5 million women still can't get work, or can't work due to childcare issues. our american families plan will lower the cost of childcare, making it possible for more women to work. when we lift up women, we lift of families and communities and our economy is stronger. joining us now, we professor of economics at howard university the chief economist at the afl-cio and the former assistant secretary of policy at the department of labor. thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me. >> let's talk about this. there is a fundamental disagreement in this country that seems to go down ideological lines at the moment about whether we have a need we
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government intervention to get us out of this problem, or whether the economy will fix itself just fine once more people are vaccinated and cities start to open up. what's the truth as far as you're concerned? 's the>> this report was startlg because there were a lot of job losses. there are a lot of permanent job losses and temporary job losses, which i think shocked many of us who had been watching the numbers. we had been anticipating continued growth. we hadn't really been anticipating the setbacks that we saw in manufacturing and other areas where we thought we would still see steady but modest job growth. the ability to reconnect workers, both from the side of employers who have lost contact with workers because the job -- have been so disrupted. but also from the workers who are now separated from those kinds of jobs and those contacts. it's very complex to get them
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all back and it was disturbing to see how hard it is for those who are unemployed with to find jobs. we saw a big jump in people who are under five weeks unemployed, 237,000 people, and a large chunk of those were new jobs not people who got unemployment checks. these were new job entrance that found it difficult. their unemployment jumped. >> this is interesting. there is a real concern out there, and i've spoken to small businesses, restaurants who say we were having trouble hiring people. that's not actually the case, for most of the population. the washington post had a story here which reads two republican led states, montana and south carolina have canceled federal unemployment benefits in the last week, blaming them for hampering the return to work. the business lobby has echoed those concerns as well with the chamber of congress using a disappointing job support to call for the end of the 300
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dollar a week unemployment supplement that the federal government is currently providing. we bill, give me a fact check on this. people are not taking jobs because they are getting $4 a week temporary unemployment assistance from the government? >> we study this heavily in the summer, because the $600 that had been added to the unemployment check, the 300, the 600 added last year caused this same argument that people would return. we saw throughout the summer people in fact did return to jobs and reemployment. it wasn't because of the $600. it's kind of common sense from an economist perspective from the job theory of jobs, urge you to think about what's expected value of continuing we -- >> we have 4 million americans who have been unemployed over 26 weeks. that means there are a lot of americans who know they have very little chance of finding a
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job. the expected value of continuing to search a zero. it doesn't make sense, and the data and reports we have, the articles on the american economics and a wonderful report from jpmorgan chase institute documenting the extra money, what it did do, was provide stability for the economy, continued consumption by those who were unemployed and kept them surviving a much worse recession. >> just to be clear, through the dollars a week is $7 an hour. if you work full-time. if that's what you are robbing the system, of you aren't very successful. i want to talk about women, the point the vice president was making. let's look at this thing called labor force participation. it's a much better measure of what's going on in the economy. 67.6% of men, 56.1% women. how do you interpret that? >> i've always been -- labor force participation did
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not recover for women for most of the century, and we know with the problems where. we don't have paid family leave, we don't have enough childcare facilities in the united states. what we do have is too expensive, and we haven't done with other industrialized countries have done to increase women's labor force participation. that was a problem before this happened, and it's been exacerbated by the situation. that's why what's in that american family plan that the president has proposed is so vital, because we have to get women's labor force participation right back up. we saw the birth rate in the u.s. has collapsed. the only way we are going to continue to grow as we have to have bigger labor force participation. >> you studied other countries. the united states is uniquely bad at this? >> we are uniquely bad at this. japan, which is the same plan as europe, knew they had to get women's labor force
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participation rate up. many people thought it was something with the japanese culture, you couldn't get women's force participation up. it's exceeded the united states. he started off behind us, and got ahead of. us united it was proposed in terms of paid leave, help with child care, the child tax credit he wants to extend beyond this year as a vital for the labor force, and getting child care workers paid, so that we can keep a steady supply of well paid child care workers vital to women's jobs, women's wages, and getting women in the labor force. >> bill, thanks for your analysis. i appreciate. it we appreciate your time. coming up once again in a time of crisis, republicans are bony against helping people, then going home and taking credit for democratic passed relief in
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the very same folks in congress have opposed the recovery act and claimed it hasn't worked have been all too happy to claim credit for recovery act projects, and the jobs those products had produced. they'd come to the ribbon cuttings, and... [laughs] they found a way to have their cake and vote against it too! >> that's obama 11 years ago. 11 years later, republicans are still having their kagan voting against it all over again. not one single republican voted for president biden's 1.9 trillion dollar american rescue plan. that hasn't stopped some in the
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gop for mourning the planet helps your constituents. bringing federal funding to the district and back into the pockets of taxpayers. she listed the three point $7 million of health care grounds from president biden's bill under her personal list of achievements on her, quote, first 100 days report card. associated press rights republicans from new york in indiana and washington state have elements of the legislation they thought to defeat. it's even happening in house leadership. house minority leader kevin mccarthy touted the rescue plans restaurant revitalization fund, encouraging constituents to apply for the program. in response, nancy pelosi said, quote, you called the american rescue plan socialist, planned it would turn the u.s. into venezuela, and convinced every member of its caucus to vote against it. no one should be surprised that mccarthy, a man with strong principles voted no and took the dough with the american
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rescue plan. the only question is, which parts of the jobs and families plan will be picked to brag about? and quote. time will tell. john futterman is running for the united states senate in pennsylvania. lieutenant governor, it would be funny if it weren't so serious. they literally, not a single republican voted in favor of this plan and they are literally taking credit for this. if they were in a college, they would be caught out for academic dishonesty, but i guess there is nothing like that in congress? ? >> i mean -- >> sorry, i thought i wasn't able -- we got you. go ahead, we didn't hear the beginning of that, lieutenant governor. >> one has the caucus ever told the truth? this is the group that claimed
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there was passive voter fraud for joe biden. when they're on the same ballot, the voters love me, there is no fraud in my race. they're estrangement from the truth continues, it's hardly surprising. >> what does success look like on this front because if the american rescue plan and the american jobs plan, and the american family plan which are basically large government interventions into the economy that some of us think is the right thing to do. if they work, fundamentally, does joe biden -- do democrats, do people like you ultimately reap the benefits, or do people who put this on their resume, or the first hundred days report card we benefit from the fact they fool people into thinking they were responsible for it? >> we are all going to benefit from things like the american rescue plan. that's obvious. communities are no stronger
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than the weakest family. cities are no stronger than the weakest community within a city. and states are no stronger than the weakest cities and their state. it comes down to providing the resources america needs to get past this pandemic. a question was put to me earlier, what's the midterms going to look like? if it's running on policies that by the time joe biden has passed and put forward, than i should be so lucky that's going to be the climate we are going to find ourselves in the midterm. everyone knows this is the kind of intervention that's needed, and when the republicans will willingly campaign and to the success they actually voted against and try to stop, it tells you you are in the right direction and doing the right things. the right direction and >> there is the cf having discussions on policy in the midterms. there's also the issue of the number of republicans who have not accepted the outcome of this election and continue to
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fanned this delusion of donald trump's and the stuff going on in state houses and the recount in arizona. there is a public radio station in harrisburg, that has a story they are telling listeners. i want to read to our viewers what it says. as part of the commitment to factual reporting, we use language in a reporting to show how elected officials actors are connected to the fraud lie, and the insurrection. we are taking this lightly and will apply to lawmakers who took at least one of these actions signed on to a texas lawsuit, aimed at invalidating pennsylvania's election, signed on to a state house or state senate letter urging congressional representatives to object to or delay certification, and voted against certification. do you think that kind of think thing works to bust up the big lie? >> sure. it's something we have to push against. the bottom line is this -- everyone knows there is no voter fraud.
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everyone knows that, in pennsylvania, we've had a total of four or five documented cases of voter fraud and of nearly 70 million ballots passed. donald trump got 100% a bit, but the truth of the matter is, they're going to keep telling these kinds of, lies and they're going to keep trying to pass legislation that decreases control in republican controlled states. they can do it in pennsylvania, so all they can do is amplify the propaganda of the big lie. as i mentioned, claiming we kept our republican members, our delegation around because they're such small guys. that's how they will play it because that's the only way they can play it. >> does it strike you as on? in places like pennsylvania, there could, in some quarters, be an argument for old-fashioned ideological
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conservatism in some quarters. today's republicans aren't making that argument at all. the few that still make it a retiring from politics. does that strike you as odd, that's the best argument republicans have right now? >> no, because it's all they've got. to your point, they have given up on traditional the, whole william buckley kind of traditional george vulcan's conservative him conservatism. it's how many crazy things can we say? how many lies can we tell, and we've continued to get away with it. you look at the numbers of republicans that believe there was election fraud, i don't think the actually believe there is election fraud. i think it's a protest. the idea we traffic in reality, traffic in fantasy and they have entire media ecosystems where you can live and not be challenged on any of that, and until they are actually acknowledging they, in fact -- you know, take me seriously.
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how could anyone take me seriously? they have to apologize to dominion and these other entities they've speared. >> i'll be talking to someone next. you have claimed the reward, right? from -- a one found voter fraud. i take it you didn't get your money, i'd have heard if you did, right? >> we are still waiting for my handsome reward for discovering voter fraud, but i guess the voter fraud that they really wanted was the democratic voter fraud for joe biden, which they didn't have any in pennsylvania so i'm still waiting on my handsomer word, if you could get deadly down to pay, up they'll be outstanding, thank, you but regardless, i don't anticipate them ever playing it straight up in the future because the facts are never on their side, from the pandemic, to the relief packages we passed, to the actual
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integrity. >> lieutenant governor, good to see you. thanks for joining us tonight. coming up, everybody is talking about our next guest after he delivered a history lesson in racism and voting to one of the republican authors of the texas voter suppression bill in the texas house today. you've seen the clip on rachel's show, that texas representative joins us next. ns us next please hold. ♪♪ i got you. ♪ all by yourself. ♪ go with us and get millions of flexible booking options. expedia. it matters who you travel with. not everybody wants the same thing. that's why i go with liberty mutual — they customize my car insurance so i only pay for what i need. 'cause i do things a bit differently. wet teddy bears! wet teddy bears here! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ feel the cool rush of claritin cool mint chewables. powerful 24-hour, non-drowsy, allergy relief
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opinion, sure. >> are you saying that you disagree, that's what i'm asking you? >> i think they're probably right in the adding up of it all, from what they saw. free, fair and secure election. >> what are we trying to fix here that is not broken? >> we don't need to wait for bad things to happen in order to try and protect and securities elections. >> we don't need to wait for bad things, the republican who said that is briscoe cain, he wrote the house version of the voter suppression bill that is now passed both chambers of the texas state legislator. when he wrote the bill he chose to use a phrase from the state constitution, a phrase that is deeply steeped in racism. >> you talked about preserving the purity of the ballot box. is that correct? >> that is a quotation from the texas constitution, the article six, section four.
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>> right. are you aware of the history behind that provision of the constitution? >> i'm not. >> that provision was drafted specifically to disenfranchise black people, black voters in fact, following the civil war. did you know that? >> no, i'm sorry to hear that. >> did you realize that that purity of the ballot box language in the texas constitution gave rise to all white primaries? >> no, no i didn't. >> did you know that this purity of the ballots box justification was used during the jim crow area, to prevent black people from voting? >> no, those are troubling things. i did it know that that -- >> did you know that in states across the country penal disenfranchisement schemes were put in place including in texas as far back as 1845 to effectively lock african-american people out of the political process? are you aware of this history?
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>> joining us not sexist eight representative, is a democrat representing the western corner of dallas. he's the chairman of the mexican american legislative caucus which is the largest and oldest latino legislative caucus in the united states. representative, thank you for being with us. did anything come of that remarkable debate? it's very rare for us to see actual political debates in a legislature. when you watch something like that, you think you presented your counterpart with a lot of interesting information that should have fed his decision as far as writing this bill goes, what happens after that? >> thank you for having me, ali. shout out to my mom who i know is always watching into all moms on this mother's day weekend. i have to tell you, in the last 48 hours, it has been very tough. we stayed up till about 3 am, came back this morning and fought this bill, regrettably the bill passed. they were able to chips web the
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edges of this thing but when a bill is based on the big lie, and i was glad to see lieutenant of pennsylvania talking about that, it is a redeemable. the bill ought to have partisan, these election observers looking over people shoulders intimidating voters. we were able to chip away at some of those things to election judges won't have somebody looking over, my mom's shoulder when she's trying to vote. we thought that was an important provision to take note. the history lesson is not only something that harkens back to jim crow or even that purity of the ballot box language, we're seeing it realtime here in texas. during the last decade we've had multiple findings of intentional discrimination, not 50 years ago, not a black and white but real time during the last decade. this is something that
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continues to happen in the state, already the toughest state to cast a vote in the union and republicans are trying to pile on. we scored some points last night but it is still a terrible beside passed today and it is going to hurt the voting rights of the state. >> representative cain when confronted with the idea that this was a free and fair election in texas, we know that your lieutenant government has offered a bounty for people who are found examples of voter fraud. doesn't seem to want to pick that bounty up for examples of republican voter fraud. when representative cain was confronted with that information and he said, we don't want to have to wait for bad things to happen. texas has enjoyed for your voting rights in the past without bad things happening. what was this precipitating event in texas or in pennsylvania, or in georgia, or in iowa or in arizona that has caused everybody to make this priority number one? >> it is a lot of donald trump in the last election. the ex president has continued
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to talk about stopping the steel, and has perpetuated the big lie and the enablers have been doing it over and over again. that big lies that people of color stole this election from him in cities like dallas and houston and across the nation. the reality is, as my colleague said, the secretary of state, that is governor abbess, chief election officers, she said that the election was safe, secure and successful. there is no evidence of voter fraud. that does not return deterred republicans in that state, even in the last decade or does decades to continue to trample on voting rights -- might i say, not of democrats, not of republicans but of all texans. texans of all strides. in my closing speech today i said help me preserve the votes of texas republicans. help me preserve the votes of texas democrats and everybody else in between. they should not be a partisan
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issue. my parents were immigrants to this country, and we think that this is the greatest country in the world, we are very proud that we still have this precious right to vote. a lot of places around the world, people don't have it. and we are going to fight all night like we did last night, we're gonna make some big trouble on bills that seeks to curtail these rights. we have to live up to the best ideals of this country and we are not doing it here in texas. >> representative, good to see you thank you for being with us and happy mother's day to your mother since i know she is watching. representative rafael anchía, from the texas legislator, we will be right back with some good news on a friday night. a friday night. before nexium 24hr, anna could only imagine a comfortable night's sleep without frequent heartburn waking her up. now, that dream... .
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your connection doesn't. so how do i do this? you don't do this. we do this, together. >> time for some good news, bounce forward, with comcast business. pfizer and the german company biotech have become the first to apply to the fda for full approval of their covid vaccine for use and people 16 and older, the vaccine is currently being
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administered under an emergency use authorization. full approval would allow pfizer to market the vaccine directly to customers. moderna plans to apply for full approval for its vaccine later this month. more good news, coronavirus infections in the united states are now at their lowest level in seven months. the vaccines are turning the tide in americas battle with the virus, deaths and serious illnesses have dropped significantly in cases are falling to. an important piece of information if we can keep it up. over half of all american adults have now received at least one shot of the vaccine, 41% of adults are fully vaccinated. the u.s. averaged about 48,000 new cases per day over the past week, so it's not gone, it's a 13% improvement over the week before, and it's the first time since october that average daily cases have dipped below 50,000. joining us now is a guy who needs no introduction doctor vin gupta, it may have been new to you over the last year but now has become popular.
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he is a pulmonologist, and an assistant professor at the university of washington medical center, and an msnbc contributor. we have not been able to talk about good news, but it is something good happening here, i didn't know the full approval of these drugs would mean. it basically allows them to market the drug to people. what difference will that make in the uptake of vaccinations in this country? >> good evening, ali. i think this is huge i cannot be underestimated because what i hear for the younger people, especially, is hey doc, isn't this vaccine still experimental? are we sure we know the full spade of side effects both short and long term, this alleviates that, ali. this takes this notion of emergency use out of the window and that's get a lot of people, it caused a lot of people to say let me wait and see. i do think that this is going to be a positive signals everyone across the country and we can message more confidently.
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moderna's following suit next month. this is a good message to younger people, ali. >> it also does another thing and that is for companies who are thinking about mandating that you have to be vaccinated, it's sort of gives them a little bit of a leg up. what i do know that i read in the new york times is that it could allow the military to mandate vaccination, and that has been an issue because the uptake in the military has not been as high as people were hope. >> i can say as a reservist that is probably going to happen. i'm not making a decision but would've heard internally, they are waiting for that. colleges and universities are waiting for that, this is the signal here that you're gonna see uptake across different sectors of society, ali, definitely universities, probably the military. and likely parts of the entertainment industry. restaurants, hotel chains, you're gonna start seeing more of a movement there and that is going to be very important as well.
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the critical to difficulty for small and medium businesses, ali, is the capacity issue. you can create a safe bubble and get to 100 percent capacity -- nursing major league baseball getting involved in this issue. >> you have to discount at some gays if you got a vaccination or you get vaccination on side. the white house wants 70% of americans vaccinated. pulling
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fully vaccinated. so vaccination rates are going to be a key metric, have we or have we not reached herd immunity? that is going to be number one. to, we need to be mindful here would not reach 70% across certain producer regions of the country, what happens calms fall and winter. as you know coronavirus likes cold, dry air not warm humid here, i'm worried that we're entering the face here are people might feel like we are actually past the worst of it. but come fall and winter i do expect that there will be areas of the country that will see potential surges in their hospital systems because they didn't reach that optimal uptake of the vaccine. >> van, thank you for joining us, thank you for having joined us for so long since the beginning of this pandemic, vin gupta, is a pulmonologist in a global health policy expert. thank you for being with us that is tonight's last work you can catch mountain night at 8 am, there is a lot lined up.
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that is it for me, the 11th hour with brian williams begins now. >> good evening once again day 108 of the biden administration and the opposition to the biden administration, also known as the republican party is not only firmly in the grip of donald trump. tonight, two of his most devoted acolytes are on the road pushing the big lie to a crowd of loyal trump supporters. congresswoman congressman matt gates under federal investigation for possible sex trafficking and congresswoman marjorie taylor greene a conspiracy theorists and qanon supporter. joined forces tonight to launch an america first tour with a rally at the largest retirement community in our country. the villages in florida.